Phys Ed: Exercise vs. Standing? You Probably Need to Do Both

Moderate exercise does different things to the body than incidental activities like standing up.

Exercise alone is probably not enough for us to achieve and maintain good health.

In practice, this recommendation translates into 30 minutes almost daily of exercise that should be brisk enough to raise our heart rates and make us gasp a bit for breath.

But exercising 30 minutes a day leaves us plenty of time for other activities, the primary one of which (apart from sleeping) tends to be sitting. A typical office worker can easily log more than 10 or 11 hours a day in a chair, according to studies of how we spend our time.

These long stretches of sitting have been associated with a variety of health concerns, including increased risks for diabetes, obesity and poor cholesterol profiles.

But whether a single session of exercise most days can reduce or cancel out those risks or whether we also need to find ways to sit less has remained scientifically uncertain.

Some of the 61 adults whom the scientists recruited were normal weight and generally healthy; others were overweight; and still others both overweight and diabetic. None exercised regularly.

The scientists invited these men and women to the university performance lab and tested them for various markers of cardiac and metabolic health, including insulin resistance and cholesterol levels.

Then the researchers had each volunteer complete three distinct, four-day sessions of living calculatedly exaggerated lifestyles.

During another of the four-day sessions, they substituted one hour of their sitting time with exercise, pedaling a stationary bicycle at a moderate pace for an hour. The other 13 hours, they were back in a chair.

Finally, for the third of the sessions, they sat for about eight hours a day but spent the other five or six hours of their waking time standing or strolling about at a casual, meandering pace.

The calories that they burned during these activities, whether cycling or standing and light walking, were about the same.

After each four-day block, the scientists repeated the health tests from the start and then compared them.

The results diverged in illuminating ways after each session.

After four days of sitting nonstop, the men and women showed greater insulin resistance and undesirable changes in their cholesterol levels. They also had blood markers showing detrimental changes to their endothelial cells, which line our blood vessels, including our arteries; when those cells are unhealthy, the risk of cardiac disease rises.

In effect, four days of uninterrupted sitting seemed to be undermining the volunteers’ metabolic and heart health, including among those who had no symptoms of metabolic problems at the start.

But after four days that included moderate bicycling, the volunteers displayed enhanced endothelial cell health, compared to when they had sat nonstop.

Their insulin sensitivity and cholesterol profiles were unchanged, though.

On the other hand, insulin and cholesterol levels both were better after four days of standing or strolling for at least five hours a day, the scientists found.

But the volunteers’ endothelial-cell health had not budged. The light activity seemed not to have affected that marker of heart health.

Over all, the results suggest that exercise and standing up have distinct effects on the body, says Bernard Duvivier, a postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University, who led the new study.

Moderate exercise seems to hone endothelial and cardiac health, he says, probably in large part by increasing the flow of blood through blood vessels.

Of course, this study was small and quite short-term, with each session lasting only four days. Over a longer period of time, the biological impacts of both moderate exercise and less sitting would likely become broader and more encompassing.

But even so, the findings are compelling, Dr. Duvivier says, especially for those of us who often are deskbound.

“People should understand,” he says, “that only moderate exercise is not enough and it’s also necessary to reduce prolonged sitting.”

 

June 13, 2018

Sources: New York Times

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  • Mom left brain damaged from stroke caused by infection she allegedly caught after giving birth

    Mom left brain damaged from stroke caused by infection she allegedly caught after giving birth

    or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Haywood claims she was discharged from the hospital despite exhibiting symptoms of an infection, which led to a debilitating stroke. &nbsp;(SWNS) </p><p>A new mom was left brain damaged after suffering a stroke caused by an infection she reportedly caught at hospital following the birth of her daughter.</p><p>Sarah Haywood, 44, collapsed just days after doctors discharged her with new daughter Mila, even though she was suffering symptoms of an infection.</p><p>On October 3, 2010, Haywood was rushed back into hospital and doctors discovered she had suffered a stroke which left her brain damaged.</p><p>Haywood, of Baddeley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, has spent the last seven years battling University Hospital North Staffordshire NHS Trust claiming they were negligent in her care.</p><p>Medical negligence lawyers Irwin Mitchell, who acted on her behalf, have revealed the NHS Trust was liable for causing her stroke following a trial in December 2016.</p><p>She has received an interim payment to help fund part of her rehabilitation but the case is ongoing and she has not received an offer of settlement.</p><p>Haywood said she still suffers with strength and mobility problems down the right side of her body and has difficulties with her speech, memory and coordination.</p><p>Haywood, who lives with her partner Mirko Budimir, 44, and their daughter Mila, now 7, has been unable to return to her job as a manager of a clothes shop.</p><p>“The effects of my stroke have a huge impact on my life,&quot; she said. &quot;Even things like dressing myself, brushing my teeth or making myself a hot drink are a problem now. Sometimes when Mila wants to do something, I can’t do it with her and I feel broken inside.&quot;</p><p>“Whenever we want to do something as a family we have to think ahead and look at how practical it will be,&quot; she said. “I try to keep upbeat and do my absolute best to get on with life the best I can. Mirko helps me more than I could ever ask or hope for; he has been amazing.”</p><p>Investigations revealed Haywood contracted an infection which triggered a huge stroke after having an emergency caesarean section birth at the hospital on September 17, 2010.</p><p>She was transferred to a ward following the c-section, which was deemed to be straight forward, without complications.</p><p>But on the evening of September 17, regular monitoring showed she had a high temperature and an increasing heart rate – a tell-tale symptom for having an infection.</p><p>Her heart rate continued to increase the following day but when it started to fall she was discharged on September 19, and told her high pulse would continue to settle.</p><p>On September 22 she went to her doctor complaining of feeling unwell and was prescribed antibiotics, as the incision which was made during the c-section had become infected.</p><p>She visited hospital three days later to have her wound drained and again on September 28 for a consultation.</p><p>On the morning of October 3, she suffered a stroke at home and was rushed back to hospital.</p><p>A judge agreed that if the hospital had fully investigated Haywood’s high heart rate, staff would have considered she had contracted an infection and received antibiotics which would have avoided the resulting stroke.</p><p>Almost eight years after suffering her stroke, Haywood said she still struggles with everyday activities.</p><p>“I am trying to move forward but it’s hard to get over the fact that a failure to take a few reasonable steps has caused so much damage and turned my life upside down,&quot; she said. “I try to keep upbeat and do my absolute best to get on with my life. Mila is my savior and my whole world revolves around making the most of life with her and Mirko.”</p><p>“Sarah was badly let down in the standard of care she received, which meant she experienced a life-changing moment for all the wrong reasons,&quot; Jenna Harris, a specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said. “It is important that there is not a loss of confidence in the NHS but it is also important that the NHS Trusts learns lessons from the care it provided Sarah so no other families don’t have to suffer the years of hurt that Sarah and Mirko have.&quot;</p><p>“We also call on the Trust to accept responsibility for its mistakes,&quot; Harris said. &quot;Despite strong evidence presented against it, the Trust tried to fight this case. Eighteen months from a Judge ruling Sarah’s care was negligent, the case is still ongoing.”</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 June 22, 2018
  • A better way to do a detox diet for summer

    A better way to do a detox diet for summer

    estriction and potential downsides that comes with detoxes and cleanses, clean up your eating with these nutritionist-approved tips instead.</p><p>To reboot your diet and reset your gut, remember to eat the three P&#x27;s: prunes, pulses and pears.</p><p>When I need to give my diet a reboot, I focus on having two nourishing, planned snacks per day.</p><p>“When I need to give my diet a reboot, I focus on having two nourishing, planned snacks per day, like a pear and pecans, or grape tomatoes and string cheese, or berries and yogurt. And I put the snacks on a plate, sit down and enjoy them.” This part is especially key. When you graze or snack mindlessly, you don’t register those foods as well as when you plate them. No plate? No problem! Use a paper towel, napkin, cup or whatever is available to you to help you eat more mindfully.</p>

    1 June 22, 2018

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